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Friday, July 14, 2006

MSNBC's Right Turn

Why does MSNBC try to be another Fox News? There's precious little liberal editorializing on major media outlets. We don't need another conduit for conservative-Republican propaganda.

Today, Tucker Carlson did a quick take on some Al Gore themed apparel, including a T-shirt bearing Gore's likeness and the words, "Al, save us."

Carlson asked rhetorically, does anyone believe Gore could or should be president? Carlson said that the prospect of being lectured by Gore for four years is scary.

Someone needs to remind Carlson that Al Gore won the popular vote for president in 2000 and was only one state's electoral votes away from legally winning the election. So of course Gore could be president. Only more than half of those who voted in 2000 thought Gore should be president. I suppose they still do.

As for Gore's scariness and propensity to lecture: both are figment's of the right's imagination, part of the grab bag of propagandistic canards that originated and were endlessly repeated on talk radio when Gore first ran.

Carlson was followed by Ann Coulter's ten minute appearance on Hardball, which was guest hosted today by Nora O'Donnell. Not only didn't O'Donnell hold Coulter's feet to the fire, she practically gave her a full body massage, letting most of Coulter's nonsense go unchallenged.

I can't recall when Chris Matthews gave an articulate, vociferous leftist author or pundit ten minutes unopposed. Let Coulter use the wingnut radio and Fox News echo chamber to spread her poison. MSNBC shouldn't give her or anyone like her a free megaphone.

When Jon Stewart ridiculed Tucker Carlson and the phoney cage match of Crossfire in 2004, CNN canceled the show. I hoped Carlson would disappear into a well deserved obscurity. Instead, he failed upward, rewarded with his own show on MSNBC.

Goddammit, I've had enough! The only shows on MSNBC I watch consistently are Hardball and the more newsy opening stories on Countdown. If MSNBC continues in this vein, they'll lose me entirely.

Email Carlson: I'm trying to find the email address for newly appointed head of MSNBC Dan Abrams to register my displeasure. I'll post it here if I find it.


Blogger Fran said...

I don't have cable, but I've been complaining about their website "news" for a couple of years now. Overall, it leans Bushward, in my opinion, just like nearly all the larger media outlets. Though I rarely click into MSNBC now, so I'm going on the past.

I'd take a hundred Al Gores for every TC- and AC-type person--don't know how you can stand watching them. I've always liked Gore. Saw him on Jay Leno one night years ago, and he was so laid-back and funny--he kept mocking himself. I'd never seen him like that. I really like people who can laugh at themselves.

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